tv ABC World News With Diane Sawyer ABC February 12, 2013 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
this is "world news." from washington, d.c. and tonight, we begin with breaking news. a shootout in the mountains of california, as police appear to close in on the former cop accused of a murderous rampage. making his case. what the president will say tonight about jobs and gun violence in america. >> we'll find out tonight. what's next? we show you where pope benedict will live after he resigns. and will one of these men make history as the new pope?
union address tonight. but we begin with the breaking news at this hour, out of california. police closing in on the former cop accused of the murder rampage. christopher dorner exchanging fire with s.w.a.t. teams. officers wounded, images streaming in of police officers, guns drawn, searching cars. and abc's cecilia vega is there to tell us what is happening right now. cecilia? >> reporter: diane, good evening. the situation is still ongoing. this is what we know. christopher dorner is holed up on a house on that mountain. two officers have been shot and wounded. los angeles police just went on live television to broadcast a plea to him. telling him, enough is enough, it's time to turn yourself in. >> if he's watching this, a message for himself is, enough is enough. it's time to turn yourself in, it's time to stop the bloodshed. it's time to let this event and let this incident be over.
>> reporter: in the remote mountains above los angeles today, a violent shootout. gun fire as officers in s.w.a.t. gear closed in on the man accused of killing one of their own and tormenting an entire community for the past six days. the whole exchange broadcast on live television. authorities say the suspect, holed up inside the hillside cabin, is christopher dorner, a former los angeles police officer skilled in sniper tactics. >> during that exchange of gun fire, two officers were injured. they've been air lifted to a local hospital. right now, their condition is unknown. >> reporter: it started this often when police say dorner burglarized a home, tied up two women and stole their vehicle. one of those women reportedly broke free and called for help. then police say dorner may have crashed that car and fled to these cabins, barricading himself as teams of police officers with their rifles drawn fired.
well, i'm here all of bryant street and highway 38 where we are seeing a massive, and i can't reiterate this, a massive police presence. >> reporter: all roads leadi ii to and from the mountain, closed. some schools in the area, put on lockdown. the standoff is after dorner f lieutenant's daughter and her fiance. he shot and killed a mrif, leading blitz on an international manhunt. one of the few clues he left behind? a chilling manifesto. after investigators posted a million dollar reward, more than 1,000 tips poured in, but all along, the chase continued on snowy big bear mountain. and police here very worried about nightfall now and if darkness will allow dorner to escape more easily. all of this, exceptional little tense on that mountain top. some of it may have been alluded in that manifesto where he said, i have nothing to lose.
>> all right, cecilia, as you said, an incredibly tense and dangerous afternoon. i want to bring in abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas right now. he's been in touch with his law enforcement sources. what have you learned? >> reporter: diane, sources are saying this could not be a more dangerous situation. dorner is an expert in rifles and also small arms. they say that he has a deep-seeded hatred for the police and they expect him to continue to hole up in that cabin. they do not expect him to come out alive. one law enforcement official said this man knows our tactics, he knows what we do in this circumstances, so, we have to be extremely careful. as cecilia said, as nightfall comes to that area, they have to keep eyes on the cabin. they have to know that he's not able to slip out there. because they say, if he gets out, the killing will continue. >> and pierre, how much do they know? how sure are they the kind of weapons he has? >> reporter: well, he said in his manifesto that he has a .50
caliber rifle. he had access to assault rifles and all types of small arms. he also says that he has access to explosives. >> all right, pierre standing by, watching this story. and we of course will be staying with it to bring you every new development throughout this broadcast. but we want to move onto the state of the union. the president's focus will include jobs and gun violence in america, even as the drama is playing out on the west coast. let's go straight to abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl on that. jon? >> reporter: diane, well, the bulk of the speech will be on the economy. the president will say that a growing economy that creates good middle class jobs, quote, must be the north star that guides our efforts. but the emotion in that room, in that chamber, will come on the issue of gun violence, as several victims of recent mass shootings will be watching in person from the visitor's gallery. when the president gives his big speech, the visitor's gallery is usually packed with friends and
family members of congress. but among the faces that will be looking down on him tonight will be those shaken by gun violence. the mother of a.j. will be there. he was a teenager killed in the aurora movie theater shooting. a teacher shot and wounded in the sandy hook massacre will also be there. and the motherle of gabe zimmerman, among the six people killed in the assassination attempt on gabby giffords. all told, more than 40 people with their own tragic stories will be spread throughout the chamber. >> i want members of congress to know that they're looking up in the gallery, seeing all the people there that are watching the president's speech that are looking at the congress and knowing that they're waiting for us to act. >> reporter: it was congrethis congressman that convinced three dozen colleagues to give up their prized tickets to the state of the union to victims of gun violence. >> this is the effort. this is the time. if not now, when? >> reporter: he has seen first hand what guns can do. he was paralyzed by an errant
bullet when he was just 16. also in the chamber will be kaitlin roig. she was the first grade teacher at sandy hook who spoke to diane sawyer just hours after the massacre about how she held her 15 students in the bathroom. >> i said, no, we just have to be absolutely quiet and we have -- i said, there are bad guys out there now, we need to wait for the good guys. >> reporter: she will be a guest of the first lady, and sure to be mentioned in the president's speech. while the emotion will be on guns, the new proposals will be in the area of the economy and, diane, a big announcement on afghanistan in bringing u.s. troops home. the president will announce that more than half of those now in afghanistan will be home by this time next year. >> going to be a big speech tonight. i want to bring in "good morning america" co-anchor and anchor of "this week" george stephanopoulos, jon will be covering it, we will be here together. how challenging do you expect the president's tone to be? >> reporter: very. with the public approving of his
general approach to creating jobs, investing in jobs right now, lowering the deficit over the long-term with a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. and the president knows there's a big showdown coming up. these automatic across the board spending cuts kick in on march first. government could shout down at the end of march. you talk to both sides right now, that is coming. so, the president wants to make the best case tonight. it will be confrontational. >> and senator rubio is going to be giving the answer from the republicans. what do you expect from that? >> reporter: he's a rising star in the republican party. already talked about as a possible presidential pick in 2016. he will also focus on the middle class and say that economic growth is the best way to do that but disagree with the way the president does it. look for him to personalize this, talk about his family. one place where there may be common ground, immigration reform. the president and senator rubio are quite close on immigration reform and both believe it can be done this year. >> all right, well, george and i, as i said, and jonathan karl, will be right here starting at
9:00 p.m. eastern for this big event. these dueling speeches tonight. and we hope you will be joining us then. in other news today, we turn overseas now. there is news from north korea, creating headlines around the world. the secretive country boasting today it has successfully tested a nuclear device for the third time. this one was enough power to destroy a city, packing about half the power of the bomb that was dropped on hir see ma. president obama calling it a highly provocative act and urging swift action from allies. and the other big headline from overseas tonight, what we're learning about pope benedict. new pictures of the place he will live in retirement. and the call for a new pope who represents a changing world. abc's david wright is at the vatican for us tonight. >> reporter: at the end of the month, he'll have to move out of the apostolic palace, the pope's official residence since the 17th century. every previous occupant has stayed until he died.
pope benedict will be the first to walk out the door. he won't have to walk far. today, the vatican revealed his retirement home is just behind st. peter's. a former nunnery with its own chapel and library. today, the vatican spokesman also disclosed new details about the pope's deteriorating health, revealing he has a pacemaker and he recently underwent surgery to replace the batteries. >> nothing sudden. but over the past few years, he certainly slowed down a bit. >> reporter: already, the focus is on choosing his successor. a process that's not at all like voting for president. >> you try to read god's mind. think "who do you want as pope?" >> reporter: one possible candidate, cardinal peter turkson of ghana. >> the new pope has to be very sensitive to the present candidate of humanity. >> reporter: for centuries, the college of cardinals has been overwhelmingly white. among the voting cardinals today, there are as many
italians as there are africans and asians combined. the papacy tends to reflect that. today, irish bookies were outside st. peter's square, taking bets. cardinal marc ouellet, who would be the first north american pope. >> just ahead of cardinal turkson, from ghana. >> reporter: they don't really like betters belittling this process. >> what is the problem, sir? >> reporter: we watched as they dragged the bookies off. >> isn't betting a thing? >> i don't know if it's a sin. maybe, some would argue it's entertainment. >> reporter: speculating as to who the next pope will be is a form of entertainment, just about everyone here in rome seems to be engaged in right now. but unless you are one of the men in red on the inside, diane, it's just a parlor game. >> all right, david wright reporting in from the vatican tonight. and now the latest on the 4,200 people stranded on that
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>> betrayal would be a good word. >> reporter: just a few months earlier, munley had been shot three times as she and her partner ended the deadly ramp e rampage. the chaotic aftermath seen here for the first time in a new video obtained by abc news. authorities say the accused shooter, major nidal hasan, identified in this photo, communicated with an al qaeda leader and wanted to kill even more. >> he had over 177 rounds still left on his person. >> reporter: munley, a civilian officer who has since been laid off, safes the president broke the promise he made that the ft. hood shooting victims would be well taken care of. >> not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of. in fact, they've been neglected. very badly. >> reporter: so the president's promise was not fulfilled. >> no. >> reporter: what has so upset munley and the other victims, and led them to file a lawsuit, is the decision to deny the injured soldiers a purple heart, terming the ft. hood shooting simply workplace violence. recently retired staff sergeant
sthaun manning, who still has bullets lodged in his body, say that means lower priority veterans medical care and a loss of ten of thousands of dollars in benefits. >> basically, they're treating us like i was downtown and got hit by a car. >> reporter: the army says it's not true that victims are being neglected and john mchugh told abc news the purple heart can only be awarded if the attack involves a foreign terrorist element. >> so, to declare that soldier a foreign terrorist would have a potentially profound effect on the ability to conduct a trial. >> reporter: are you satisfied with that, secretary? >> i think i've answered your questions repeatedly. >> reporter: republican members of congress now say they will introduce legislation to require the victims to be given the benefits they say they are being denied. brian ross, abc news, new york. and you can watch more of brian's reporting tonight on "nightline" at its new time, 12:35 a.m. eastern. and coming up next, the possibility of a big change at
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and finally tonight, the president's about to give his big state of the union address, and all day, we were reminded of the strategies behind every move in that room. the handshakes, the seating arrangements and the unscripted moments. abc's john donvan looks at what's happening behind the picture we see. >> the president of the united states! >> reporter: you want to think pomp and ceremony like this is set in stone. in the constitution or some place, but actually, there's always been a fair amount of tweaking and improve going on. like look here, last years speech, the guy shaking the president's hand. the year before that, the same guy. more than ten years before -- same guy. 24 years before? same guy. new york's elliott engel, who
always gets there hours ahead of time. this afternoon, he had a space marked out already, but he risked stepping outside to tell us why he has to do this now. >> people would think i was sick or something if i didn't show up. >> reporter: other kinds of tweaks and improve. well, there that's point to the here roams in the high seats thing, year after year. but it only started in 1982, when a man named lenny skutnik improved a rescue in real life. and ronald reagan's speech writer tweaked the speech that put lenny in that chair. audience improv? well, the time president obama tweaked the supreme court on a decision about campaign financing. and justice alito retweaked "not true." that wasn't in the script. but then, neither is elliot engel, who is always there, a fixture, overlooked by the constitution, but definitely part of the ceremony. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> and before we say good night, i want to thank all of you who tweeted me today, because i asked you to complete the phrase, "the state of the union
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